November 29, 2021
US$32 million investment to support expanded capacity and efficiency of US meat production
The United States announced an investment of US$32 million in grants awarded to 167 meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities to support expanded capacity and efficiency through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) programme.
"(The) investment supports local and regional meat and poultry processors as they recover from the pandemic and also work to expand capacity," said Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Achieving a Federal Grant of Inspection or operating under a Cooperative Interstate Shipment programme allows meat and poultry processors to ship products across state lines, pursue new market opportunities and better meet consumer and producer demand along the supply chain."
With this grant funding, meat and poultry processing businesses can cover the costs for improvements such as expanding existing facilities, modernising processing equipment and meeting packaging, labeling and food safety requirements needed to achieve a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act, or to operate under a state's Cooperative Interstate Shipment programme.